Little Brothers to honor our older friends

HANCOCK – Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly traditionally delivers hot meals to many of the organization’s elderly friends on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this weekend the volunteers will also be delivering something special for International Day of the Elderly.

Cynthia Drake who is LBFE visiting program coordinator, said International Day of the Elderly replaces the organization’s Grandparents Day.

“We started this last year,” she said.

Drake said the Upper Peninsula chapter of LBFE has about 180 friends who will get a flower, greeting card and a baked good on either Sunday, Sept. 30 or Oct. 1, which is International Day of the Elderly, also known as International Day of Older Persons.

Volunteers are needed to deliver to all the 180-plus elderly friends, Drake said, and the intent is to have one visitor for each friend.

There are about 60 current volunteers who do visits to the elderly friends, Drake said. If enough volunteers aren’t found to make the deliveries and visits this weekend and early next week, it will still get done.

“The staff will do it,” she said.

Drake said the areas for deliveries in Houghton County are Calumet, Hancock, Houghton, South Range and Tapiola. Those deliveries will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday out of the LBFE office at 527 Hancock St.

In Baraga County, deliveries will be made from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Baragaland Senior Center at 6 North Main St. in L’Anse, and Ontonagon the deliveries will be made from 2 to 4 p.m. the Riverview Senior Center at 300 Lake St.

Drake said it’s important those volunteering to make deliveries for LBFE understand there’s more involved than just bringing things to the elderly friends.

“They need to spend a little time (visiting),” she said.

Drake said those interested in delivering gifts for International Day of the Elderly should call the LBFE Hancock office at 482-6944.

“Come out and try it,” she said. “It’s a really rewarding thing to do.”